Westover, Ruth, 1910- / The Waukau Methodists, 1867-1986
Sacraments and ceremonies, pp. 23 ff.
SACRAMENTS and CEREMONIES Baptism, marriage, funerals, communion—the rituals of the church in Waukau have evolved to suit the times, and sometimes the ideas of a new minister. Adult baptism in the waters at the upper and lower dams on Waukau Creek have ceased. All the towns people used to gather to watch and join in the singing. Sprinkling of infants from water in a cut-glass bowl on the altar rail has given way to a font on a pedestal at the rostrum. Early-day weddings were usually at the home of the bride or at the parsonage. Church weddings are more the usual custom in modern times, and the wide center aisle invites processionals. Funeral chapels have drawn many of these services from the church. In early times funerals were often in the homes. Formerly communion was taken from small cups, along with bread cut in cubes, while kneeling at the altar rail. In recent times, a loaf is broken and bits pulled off to be dipped in a chalice of juice, as people file past and return to their pews. 23
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